Caitlyn Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer last year won Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night, and Jenner was there to accept the honor.
“First of all, I had been trashed in the tabloids for years. I had paparazzi following me everywhere I went. The life was really horrible. When I decided after many conversations with my family, with God, about what I should do with my life, I called up my good buddy Alan Nierob, who [was] my PR guy many years ago,” Jenner said. “And I had told him my story 25, 30 years earlier. And he never said a word to anybody. He’s a good, trustworthy person. And I said, ‘How can we do this that we can elevate not just me, but this community?'”
The former Olympian and advocate for LGBT rights went on to explain how the interview with Sawyer came together, and what it meant for her and trans people around the world.
Read Jenner’s speech below.
—Reporting by Jeffrey Slonim